News for Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Will state of Ohio continue to be good to FSU women in Sweet 16?

A number of star players at FSU have come from Ohio, where the Lady Seminoles will play their Sweet 16 game Sunday against Mississippi State in the NCAa Tournament.

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Two players leave UGA men's hoops team

DeMario Mayfield and Drazen Zlovaric tell Georgia coach Mark Fox they want to leave the Bulldogs' program.

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Ex-Florida QB Newton gets fresh start at Auburn

Cam Newton got into some trouble at Florida, transfered to a small JUCO school and all but disappeared, only to pop back up on the radar at Auburn and find himself in the hunt for the starting QB's job.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT SWEET 16 ROUNDUP: Butler pulls shocker of No. 1 Syracuse, joins Kentucky, Kansas State and West Virginia in Elite 8

The longest win streak in the nation is extended to 23 games in a row Thursday night when Butler sends top-seeded Syracuse packing from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16.

Spring fever melts cold winter memories

Recently, the excitement began for me with the first peek of spring weather after that record cold February. I began unpacking my short-sleeved shirts. I started to take inventory of empty pots and other equipment on the patio.

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Auburn makes it official Thursday, hires Barbee hired as new men's hoops coach

Tony Barbee was formally introduced Thursday as the new men's basketball coach at Auburn after turning around UTEP's once-floundering program.

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Hewitt turns down St. John's, opts to stay at Ga. Tech

Paul Hewitt, a New York native, turns down the St. John's head coaching job Thursday in favor of staying and finishing what he started at Georgia Tech.

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THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Monroe baseball downs Kendrick behind Jones; Westwood routs SGA; DWS tennis sweeps Brookwood

Tornadoes pitcher Demontrez Jones has a solid day on the mound in a 12-1 win Thursday against Kendrick.

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Smith and Benson Relays gear up for its 20th annual run

Named after two legendary high school track coaches from Monroe, L.C. Smith and Winfred Benson, the 20th running of the Smith and Benson Relays commences Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium at 9 a.m.

Police: Four gang-related arrests made in robbery

Albany Police Department officials say gang members targeted Hispanic victims.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Local man shot at apartment complex

The shooting victim and another man were robbed outside some northwest Albany apartments Thursday.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Gillionville Project impacting WG&L manpower

Changes to WG&L's workers compensation plan could save $500,000 through the current fiscal year.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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YMCA exec Noble set to retire

Althea Noble has worked for the Albany Area YMCA for 25 years.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Homebuilders and fire chiefs duke it out over sprinklers

National building codes recommend the installation of sprinklers in new residential homes, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Boys & Girls Club raises funds

More than 600 children and adults attended the Boys & Girls Club of Albany's annual Steak-N-Steak dinner, surpassing the previous year's numbers. - Ricki Barker, staff writer

Bachelors pave way for new autism academy

The Albany Autism Center's Bid for Bachelors event raises $20,000 toward an academy that serves children with disabilities.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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APD Chief: Help needed in fight against gangs

Albany Police Chief John Proctor says involvement by the community is a big part of the solution.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Cold boosts utility's books

The Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission sees a better than expected financial report for February.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Egg-stravaganza set for Tift Park Saturday

The event is free and will begin at 10 a.m., officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Police/Fire/EMS - Mar. 26, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 38 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Civic Center attendance up from 2008

The estimated economic impact for 2009 is up $1.9 million as well, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Young professionals tackle to-do list

The chamber-sponsored Emerge Albany group is exploring the best that the community has to offer.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Shooting in Albany

A 23-year-old man was shot in the upper abdomen before 5 :20 p.m. on the 2401 N. Nottingham Way.

Albany Police Department arrests

Albany Police Department officers from the gang unit arrested four gang members in connection with an armed robbery at 1001 Dunes Ave. March 20.Another man is wanted as a person of interest in the case.

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